This Week in Yankees History March 5th-March 11th
1891-Former Yankees Catcher Walter “Walt” Alexander (1915-1917) was born. (1891-1978)
On July 30,1915, Catcher Walt Alexander was purchased by the Yankees from the St. Louis Browns. Alexander hit .221 with 1 HR and 12 RBIs in 81 games for the Yankees. He was a minor league manager from 1922 to 1929.
1903- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher and Minor League Manager (1948-1949) Martin “Chick” Autry (1924) was born. (1903-1951)
Reserve Catcher Martin Autry appeared in only 2 games for the 1924 Yankees with no hits. He spent 1925 season in the minor leagues. He played with the 1926-1928 Indians and the 1929-1930 White Sox. He was a minor league manager for the Pirates organization. He was a Yankees Minor League Manager with the 1948-1949 Class AA Beaumont Exporters (Texas League.)
1912- Former Yankees MLB Coach Jimmy “Gee Gee” Gleeson was born. (1912-1996)
Jimmy Gleeson was a manager in the Yankee minor league system in the 1940-1950’s. He never played for the Yankees at MLB level. He was a member of the 1938 Newark Bears (International League) the Yankees top AA team.
1919- Former Yankees 3B/OF Don Savage (1944-1945) was born. (1919-1961)
Don Savage came out of Rutgers University and the minor leagues to play 3B for the 1944-1945 Yankees. Although he is listed as being at Rutgers in 1938-1943, he was also in the Yankees minor league system during those years (except for 1942). In 1943, Don was with the Newark Bears (International League), before he came to the Yankees and went he back in 1946. In 1944, he appeared in 60 games at 3B for the Yankees, while Oscar Grimes was in 97 games at 3rd. The following season, Grimes appeared much more often at 3B and Savage less often at the position. In 1945, Don Savage was in 14 games at 3B with 2 games in the outfield, but he had 34 total appearances, so he presumably did a lot of pinch-hitting for the team. Overall Don hit .256 in 105 games for the 1944-1945 Yankees. He was out organized baseball for 2 years. In 1949, he played for St. Jean Braves, an independent minor league team in Canada. Don Savage was the head baseball coach at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY in 1956-1957.
1921- Former Yankees Reserve OF Elmer Valo (1960) was born. (1921-1998)
Veteran MLB OF Elmer Valo was signed as MLB free agent in December of 1959. Elmer only appeared in 8 games with the team before being released in May of 1960. Elmer was at the end of a very fine MLB career. The return of veteran OF Bob Cerv from the A’s made him expendable. He retired in 1961 after finishing the season with the Phillies. He spent 2 seasons with the Indians as a MLB coach. Elmer became a long-time MLB scout for the Phillies (1969-1982).
1922- Yankees slugger Babe Ruth becomes the highest paid player in MLB history, when he signs a 3-year contract that will pay him over $50,000 per season. In 1921, Babe Ruth led the AL with 59 HRs and 171 RBIs. The next-highest-paid Yankees player is 3B Frank “Home Run” Baker, at $16,000.
1950- Former Yankees P Doug Bird (1980-1981) was born.
On April 29,1980, hurler Doug Bird was signed as a MLB free agent by the Yankees. He went 8-1 in 39 games with 1 save. On June 12,1981, Doug was traded by the Yankees along with a player to be named later and $400,000 to the Cubs for veteran starter Rick Reuschel. The Yankees would send P Mike Griffin on August 5,1981 to the Cubs to complete the trade.
1973- Yankees Pitchers Mike Kekich and Fritz Peterson make a stunning public declaration. The left-handers announce that they have traded wives, children and the family dogs. The announcement sends shock waves through the MLB world. Both players will be traded away by the team by the next season. Both Peterson (1974) and Kekich (1973) will go the Indians.
1975- The Yankees released reserve INF Fernando Gonzalez. He had appeared in 51 games for the 1974 Yankees hitting just .215.
1995- Former Yankees Reserve INF Roy Hughes (1939) passed away. (1911-1995)
On June 13,1939, INF Roy Hughes was traded by the Browns along with cash to the Yankees for OF Joe Gallagher. Roy never appears with the Yankees in a MLB game. On July 13,1939, INF Roy Hughes was traded by the Yankees to the Phillies for P Al Hollingsworth.
2001- Former Yankees Minor INF Leo Thomas passed away. (1923-2001).
On June 15,1950, INF Leo Thomas was traded by the Browns along with Pitchers Tom Ferrick and Joe Ostrowski to the Yankees for OF Jim Delsing, Pitchers Don Johnson and Duane Pillette, INF George “Snuffy” Stirnweiss and $50,000. Leo doesn’t appear with the Yankees at the MLB level. On July 22,1950, he was purchased by Portland (PCL) from the Yankees.
2003- The Yankees signed Pitcher Ramon Ramirez as a MLB free agent. Ramon never pitched for the Yankees at the MLB level. On July 28,2005, he was traded by the Yankees along with minor league player Eduardo Sierra to the Rockies for Pitcher Shawn Chacon.
1919- The Yankees sell veteran hurler Ray Keating (1912-1916,1918) to the Boston Braves for cash. Ray Keating had a pitching career record of 23-40 in 108 games with the Yankees.
1965- Former Yankees Catcher Wally Schang (1921-1925) passed away. (1889-1965)
After being obtained from the Red Sox in the Waite Hoyt trade, Wally Schang hit .316 and .319 for the Yankees, before being traded to the St. Louis Browns for P George Mogridge in 1926. He would hit .330 for the 1926 Browns. Wally would be the starting catcher for the Browns for the next 4 seasons. His trade was considered to be a rare mistake by Yankees GM Edward Barrow. The Yankees would not have a regular starting catcher until the arrival of Bill Dickey in 1928.
1965- Former Yankees INF Jimmy Austin (1909-1910) passed away. (1879-1965)
On September 1,1908, INF Jimmy Austin was selected by the Yankees from Omaha (Western League) in the 1908 MLB Rule 5 player draft. He appeared in 269 games for the Yankees, while hitting .224. On February 11,1911, Jimmy was traded by the Yankees along with INF/OF Frank LaPorte to the Browns for INF Roy Hartzell and cash. Austin would play for the Browns until 1929, retiring at the age of 45.
1977- Former Yankees Reserve OF (2000,2010) and Current MLB Hitting Coach Marcus Thames was born.
In the 30th round of the 1996 MLB amateur player draft the Yankees selected OF Marcus Thames. He appeared in 13 games with the 2000 Yankees, while hitting .231. Marcus broke into the MLB by hitting a HR for the Yankees off of Diamondbacks starter Randy Johnson. On June 6, 2003, he was traded to the Rangers for veteran OF/DH Ruben Rivera. In June of 2008, while Marcus Thames was playing for the Tigers, he had 8 HRs in a span of 8 hits. From 2006-2009, he had played for the Tigers. In 2010, Marcus hit .288 with 12 HRs and 33 RBIs for the Yankees as a DH/reserve outfielder. In the winter of 2010, Marcus became a MLB free agent. In January of 2011, he signed a 1-year deal with the Dodgers for the 2011 season. During the 2011 MLB season, the Dodgers released Marcus. He rejoined the Yankees organization, finishing the season with AAA Scranton. He was a Yankees minor league hitting coach at Scranton, before re-joining the team as a MLB co-hitting coach for the 2016 season.
1985- Former Yankees and Cardinals OF Enos “Country” Slaughter (1954-1955,1956-1959) and John “Arky” Vaughan are elected to the Baseball Hall Of Fame. Enos Slaughter, known for his hustling style of play with the Cardinals and later with the Yankees, gained fame for his celebrated "Mad Dash" home during the 1946 World Series against the Red Sox. With Yankees, Enos Slaughter appeared in 350 games with the Yankees, while hitting .285, 6 HRs with 198 RBIs. He appeared in 5 World Series, with the Cardinals (2) and Yankees (3). As a Yankee, Slaughter hit .285 in 3 World Series, overall .291 in 5 World Series. Arky Vaughan batted .318 over a 14-year MLB playing career in the NL with the Pirates and the Dodgers.
1986- Former Yankees Reserve Catcher Francisco Cervelli (2008-2014) was born.
Catcher Francisco Cervelli was seriously injured in a collision at home plate during a 2008 spring training game against the Rays. He was a top Yankees prospect at that point after hitting .279 with an OBP 100 points higher for the Tampa Yankees (FSL) in 2007. However, the injury shortened his 2008 season to 27 games for 3 different minor league teams. Still, he showed that he remained on track for the MLB during his time with the AA Trenton Thunder, where he put up a line of .315 in 21 games. That earned him a late-season call-up to the Bronx in September. He went 0 for 5 in 3 games in his cup of coffee in Yankee pinstripes. The team called him up early in the 2009 season, when regular MLB catchers Jorge Posada and Jose Molina were sidelined in turn by injuries. He appeared in 42 games for the Yankees hitting .298 with 1 HR with 11 RBI’s. He appeared in the AL playoffs in 1 game, but he did not play in the 2009 World Series against the Phillies. In 2010, Cervelli took over from Molina as Posada's main back up. With Posada catching fewer games because of his age, he got a chance to play often.
He batted very well albeit with little power - in the early going, although his average fell back to his career norms as the season advanced. However, he showed good defense and an excellent ability to handle pitchers, giving Manager Joe Girardi the chance to rest Posada more often and play him as the DH after Nick Johnson was lost for the season because of a wrist injury. In 2011, with Posada moving to become the full-time DH, he was in competition for the starting catching job with Russell Martin in spring training, but the Martin won out and Cervelli played the season as a back up. In 2012, he fell down one more step, losing the back-up job to Chris Stewart and playing most of the year with AAA Scranton, getting into only 3 contests in the MLB. In 2013, however, Martin left the Yankees, as a MLB free agent and the team did not attempt to sign a veteran starter to take his place, relying on Cervelli and Stewart instead. In the early going, Cervelli got most of the playing time, but it came crashing down on April 26th, when Blue Jays batter Rajai Davis hit a foul tip that went straight on his right hand, breaking a bone and putting him on the DL for an extended period. He was hitting .269 with 3 HRs at the time. While on the DL, Cervelli accepted a 50-game suspension resulting from MLB's investigation of the Biogenesis Laboratories on August 5th. As a result of his earlier injury, Cervelli wears an oversized batting helmet designed to afford him more protection and reduce the risk of a future head concussion. During the winter of 2014, the Yankees traded him to the Pirates for reliever Justin Wilson. Cervelli final Yankees career totals were a .278 BA in 250 games with 10 HRs and 92 RBIs.
1990- Former Yankees and Indians Hall Of Fame INF Joe Sewell (1931-1933) passed away. (1898-1990)
Joe Sewell spent most of his 14-season MLB playing career with the Indians. He finished out with the Yankees in 1931-1933. In September of 1920, the Indians bought his minor league contract form New Orleans (Southern Association). In 1921, he became the Tribe’s regular 2B, the Indians had lost regular 2B Roy Chapman from a beaning death in 1920 by Yankees P Carl Mays. In 1931, he hit .302 playing 3B and played on the 1932 Yankees. His lifetime MLB BA mark was .312. He was the toughest player to fan in MLB history, only 114 times in his 14-year MLB playing career. Joe Sewell was elected to the Baseball’s Hall Of Fame in 1977.
2005- Suzyn Waldman becomes the 1st woman to be a full-time color commentator in MLB history, making her debut with John Sterling on WCBS-AM 880, the radio flagship of the New York Yankees. The former radio-talk host on WFAN, the 1st all-sports radio station in US, was also the 1st female to broadcast on a nationally baseball telecast as well as the 1st to provide local TV (Yankees) MLB play-by-play.
2010- Former Yankees P Jim Roland (1972) passed away. (1942-2010)
On April 28,1972, Jim Roland was purchased by the Yankees from the Oakland A’s. He appeared in 16 games for the 1972 Yankees, while posting a 0-1 record. On August 30,1972, Jim was traded by the Yankees to the Rangers for veteran reliever Casey Cox. Jim pitched in the MLB for 12 seasons, including 6 seasons with the Twins, the team he originally signed with.
2013- The seemingly cursed Yankees get more bad news when they learn that 1B Mark Teixeira 's wrist injury is more serious than thought and that he will be out until mid-May, with no obvious back-up plan in place. At least, Shortstop Derek Jeter and Closer Mariano Rivera seem to be doing well in their bid to come back from season-ending injuries, but the Yankees spring training complex is starting to look like a field hospital, with GM Brian Cashman addressing reporters on crutches resulting from a sky-diving accident.
1908- Former Yankees Minor League 1B Harry Davis was born. (1908-1997)
On December 4,1937, 1B Harry Davis was traded by the Browns to the Yankees for hurler Vito Tamulis. Harry never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. He played in the MLB for the Tigers and the Browns before joining the Yankees organization. In 1938, the Yankees sent him to their AA team, the Kansas City Blues (American Association), where he hit .299. For the 1939 baseball season, Harry joined the St. Louis Cardinals organization. After retiring as an active player, Har Harry became a minor league manager (1940-1945) for several MLB teams before retiring.
1914- Former Yankees Reserve OF Joseph “Muscles” Gallagher (1939) was born. (1914-1998)
Joe Gallagher appeared in 14 games for the 1939 Yankees, while hitting .244, before being traded on June 13,1939 by the team to the Browns for INF Roy Hughes and cash.
1930- Former Yankees Minor League P Tom Acker was born.
In 1948, Tom Acker had been signed by the Giants organization. He eventually came to the MLB, hurling with the 1956-1959 Reds. During the winter of 1959, Tom was traded by the Reds to the Kansas City A’s. Tom Acker spent his last season in pro baseball with the 1960 Richmond Virginians (International League), who were the Yankees AAA team. He appeared in 15 games for Richmond, closing out his playing career with a 0-2 won-loss record with a 5.06 ERA.
1954- Former Yankees Reliever Mike Armstrong (1983-1986) was born.
Mike Armstrong came to the Yankees in the trade that sent 1B Steve Balboni to the Royals. Mike went 3-3 with 1 save in 42 games with the Yankees before finishing up his MLB pitching career with the 1987 Indians.
1962- Former Yankees Minor Leaguer P Jose Cano was born.
Jose Cano is the father of former Yankees 2B Robinson Cano. Jose appeared in the MLB with 1989 Astros going 1-1 in 6 games. He originally signed as an amateur free agent by the Yankees in 1980. The Yankees released Jose. In 1981, the Braves signed Jose as a free agent. Twice the Braves released him. Then Jose Cano was signed by the Astros organization. Also he pitched for years in Mexico as well as in Taiwan.
1981- Former Yankees Shortstop Paul “Pee Wee” Wanninger (1925) passed away. (1902-1981)
“Pee-Wee” Wanninger was the regular shortstop for the 1925 Yankees. Paul hit .236 in 117 games for the Yankees. He had replaced Everett “Deacon” Scott at shortstop in May 1925 to end his then-record MLB consecutive games streak at 1,307. Less than a month later, on June 1st, he would make way for another record-long consecutive streak to start, when a Yankee rookie named Lou Gehrig pinch-hit for him. After the 1925 season, the Yankees traded Wanninger to St. Paul Saints (American Association) to complete the earlier trade made for C Pat Collins. He went on to play many years for St. Paul (1926-1932) and other teams, through 1940. Also he was a manager for 4 seasons in the minor leagues.
1998- The Yankees signed former Cuban baseball star hurler Orlando Hernandez, brother of the 1997 World Series hero Livan Hernandez, to a 4-year, $6.6 million contract. “El Duque” would go on to post a 61-40 record for the 1998-2004 Yankees. He was 2-0 in World Series play and 7-2 in AL post-season games for the Yankees.
2006- World Baseball Classic: Pool C Game: Yankees All Star CF Bernie Williams drove in a 6th-inning run to hand Puerto Rico, a 2-1 victory over Panama.
2006- Former Yankees backup catcher, now with the Red Sox, John “Flash” Flaherty announces his MLB player retirement, ending his 14-year MLB playing career with the team that he started out with. He signed in December of 2005 as a MLB free agent after playing 3 seasons with the Yankees, as a reserve catcher to Jorge Posada. Also John had played for the Tigers, Padres and the Devil Rays, John posted a lifetime .252 BA with 80 HRs and 395 RBIs in 1,047 MLB games played. John will go to work as a sports announcer for the Yes Network.
2016-Former Yankees P Steve Kraly passed away. (1929-2016)
In 1949, the Yankees signed Pitcher Steve Kraly, as an MLB amateur free agent. In 1953, Steve went 0-2 in 5 games with a 3.24 ERA the Yankees. He also pitched in the minors from 1949-1960, going 18-6 for Joplin in 1950. He was Mickey Mantle’s roommate while at Joplin. Steve pitched in the Yankees organization until 1958, then in the Tigers, Reds and the Phillies organizations before retiring with an 89-65 record in 324 games. He said that Former Yankee Manager Casey Stengel had picked up his players contract for the original 1962 Mets in the fall of 1961, but that Kraly's wife prevailed on him to retire from pro baseball. Steve worked for IBM Corporation for 30 years. For many seasons, Steve was the official scorer for the Birmingham minor league baseball team.
1893- Former Yankees P Ray Francis (1925) was born. (1893-1934)
Ray Francis went 0-0 in 4 games for the 1925 Yankees. On May 5,1925, Ray was traded by the Yankees along with $9,000 to the Red Sox for OF Bobby Veach and P Alex Ferguson.
1930 – Veteran slugger Babe Ruth signs a 2-year contract for $160,000 with the Yankees. At $80,000 per year, he is the highest paid MLB player of all time as of 1930.
1930- Former Yankees P Bob Grim (1954-1958) was born. (1930-1996).
After spending 2-years in the Army for Korean War service, Bob made the Yankees MLB pitching staff in the 1954 spring training camp. In 1954, Bob Grim went 20-6 with a 3.26 ERA in 37 games for the Yankees. He was named the American League Rookie Of Year. He lost 1 game in the 1955 World Series against the Dodgers. After injuring his pitching arm working in an off-season job, Bob became a reliever for the Yankees in 1956, posting 12 saves. He didn’t pitch in the 1956 World Series against the Dodgers. In 1957, he led the AL relievers with 18 saves. Bob was named to 1957 AL All Star team. He appeared in the 1957 Series against the Braves, in relief and taking the loss in Game #4. On June 15, 1958, Bob was traded by the Yankees to Kansas City along with veteran OF/1B Harry” Suitcase” Simpson for Pitchers Duke Maas and Virgil Trucks. His Yankees pitching record was a 45-21 record with a 3.35 ERA in 46 games with 28 saves. Bob finished his MLB pitching career in 1962 with an overall 61-41 record with a 3.61 ERA in 268 games. He had pitched in the MLB for the Yankees, A’s (twice), Indians, Reds and the Cardinals.
1938- The Yankees All Star 1B Lou Gehrig rejects the latest player contract offer from the Yankees front office to a 1-year deal worth $39,000. Four days later, Lou Gehrig will agree to the same Yankees offer and end his 1938 spring training camp contract holdout.
1939- Former Yankees Pitcher and Author Jim “Bull Dog” Bouton (1962-1968) was born.
Jim Bouton was the winning pitcher of the 22-inning game against the Tigers in 1962. In 1963, Jim went 21–7 for the Yankees. In 1964, he posted an 18-13 record for the Yankees. He appeared in 2 World Series, (1963 and 1964), going 2-1, winning 2 games against the St. Louis Cardinals (1964); losing a 1-0, 4-hitter to the Dodgers Don Drysdale in 1963. He injured his pitching arm in 1965, he was never was effective again for the Yankees. His Yankees career pitching record was 55-51. In October of 1968, he was sold to the new AL expansion team, the Seattle Pilots. Also Jim pitched for the Astros and Braves in the NL. Bouton finished MLB pitching career posting a 62-63 record with a 3.57 ERA in 304 games. After his MLB playing career was over, he wrote the best seller “Ball Four.” Also he worked as a sportscaster for WABC-TV in New York City.
1947-At the new Stadium del Cerro in Havana, Cuba, the Dodgers beat the Yankees by a score of 1-0.
1961- Former Yankees C/DH/OF Mark Salas (1987) was born.
On June 7,1987, Catcher/DH Mark Salas was traded by the Twins to the Yankees for veteran starter Joe Niekro. Mark appeared in 50 games for the 1987 Yankees, hitting only .200 with 3 HRs and 12 RBIs. On November 12,1987, Mark was traded by the Yankees along with OF/1B Dan Pasqua and P Steve Rosenberg to the White Sox for 2 pitchers: Richard Dotson and Scott Nielsen.
1963- Former Yankees P Terry Mulholland (1994) was born.
On February 9,1994, starter Terry Mulholland was traded by the Phillies along with a player to be named later to the Yankees for P Bobby Munoz, minor league players: P Ryan Karp and INF Kevin Jordan. The Phillies would send Jeff Patterson on November 8, 1994 to the Yankees to complete the trade. Terry posted a 6-7 record in 24 games with the Yankees before the 1994 MLB player strike took place. In the fall of 1994, he left the Yankees for MLB free agency, signing with the Giants.
1964- Former Yankees P Lance McCullers (1989-1990) was born.
On October 24,1988, Lance McCullers was traded by the Padres along with OF Stan Jefferson and P Jimmy Jones to the Yankees for OF/1B Jack Clark and P Pat Clements. Lance posted a 5-3 record in 63 games with 3 saves for the Yankees. On June 4,1990, Lance was traded by the Yankees along with P Clay Parker to the Tigers for C/DH/1B Matt Nokes.
1966-The Hall of Fame Special Veterans Committee waives one of its election rules and selects former Yankees and Mets Manager Casey Stengel as the newest member of the HOF. Stengel had managed the Mets for much of the 1965 NL season before falling and breaking his hip. The injury ended the elderly Stengel's MLB managing career. Given his age, the Veterans Committee decides to make him immediately eligible for the Hall Of Fame. Casey Stengel had managed the Yankees from 1949-1960, winning 5 straight World Championships from (1949-1953.) He also won World Championships with the Yankees in 1956 and 1958. Also he managed the Braves (1938-1943) and the Dodgers (1934-1936) without much success. He had been a long-time minor league manager with teams like the Toledo Mud Hens (1926-1931), Milwaukee Brewers (1944), Kansas City Blues (1945) and the Oakland Oaks (1946-1948) before joining the Yankees in 1949.
1999- Former Hall Of Fame Yankees CF Joe DiMaggio (1936-1941,1945-1951) dies of a lung cancer at age 84. (1914-1999)
Joe DiMaggio arrived in the MLB at the age of 21 in 1936. The Yankees had purchased him from the San Francisco Seals (Pacific Coast League). He batted .323 in his 1st MLB season and helped the Yankees to the 1936 World Championship. His rookie performance served as an indicator of future success, both for him and the Yankees. During his 13-year MLB playing career, Joe DiMaggio participated in 10 World Series with his team winning the World Championship 9 times. In 1941, DiMaggio achieved his most famous MLB milestone, when he compiled a record 56-game hitting streak. His lifetime Yankees BA was .326 with 361 HRs and 1,537 RBIs. He missed the 1943-1945 MLB seasons, while serving in the Army. His older brother Vince played in the National League with the Reds, Braves and the Pirates, while his younger brother Dom played for the rival Red Sox in the AL.
2012- The Yankees get an injury scare when reliever David Robertson, sprained his foot falling down some stairs while moving boxes at home.
1875- Former Yankees Pitcher Elmer Bliss (1903-1904) was born. (1875-1962)
Elmer Bliss went 1-0 in 1 game for the 1903-1904 Yankees
1908- Former Yankees OF Myril Hoag (1931-1938) was born. (1908-1971)
OF Myril Hoag played in 471 games for the Yankees, while hitting .284 with 11 HRs and 185 RBIs. He appeared in 3 World Series with the team (1932,1937-1938) appearing in 8 games, while hitting .320. On October 26,1938, Myril was traded by the Yankees along with Catcher Joe Glenn to the St. Louis Browns for P Oral Hildebrand and OF Buster Mills. In 1939, he was named to the AL All Star team as a member of the Browns. From 1946-1951, Myril was a minor league player-manager.
1927- Former Yankees OF Jackie Jensen (1950-1952) was born. (1927-1982)
Jackie Jensen was a former All American College football player. In the fall of 1949, the Yankees purchased him from Oakland Oaks (Pacific Coast League). Jackie appeared in 108 games with the Yankees, while hitting .265 with 9 HRs and 32 RBIs. He was traded in May of 1952 to the Senators in the Irv Noren trade. Later he played with the Red Sox, being named the 1958 AL Most Valuable Player, after hitting .286 with 35 HRs and 122 RBIs in 154 games. Jackie played in 1,438 MLB games and finished with a lifetime BA .279 with 199 HRs and 929 RBIs. He stopped playing in the MLB because of his fear of flying. In 1982, Jackie died from a heart attack at the age of 55. He remains the only man to play in the Rose Bowl, East-West Shrine Game, the World Series (1950), and the MLB All-Star game.
1942- Former Yankees Reserve INF Bert Campaneris (1983) was born.
On February 24,1983, former AL All Star INF Burt Campaneris was signed as a MLB free agent with the Yankees. Bert had previously played for the Kansas City and Oakland A’s, then the Rangers and the Angels (1964-1981). Then he sat out the 1982 MLB season. Bert had appeared in 60 games with the 1983 Yankees as a reserve INF, while hitting .322. On November 7,1983, Bert was granted MLB free agency by the Yankees. He retired from MLB.
1959- Former Yankees Minor League Player, Coach and Manager Brian Butterfield was born.
Brian Butterfield is the son of Jack Butterfield, the former Vice-President of Player Development and Scouting for the Yankees. The younger Butterfield was a 2B in the Yankees minor league system (1980-1983) before joining the Yankees as a roving infield instructor in 1984. In 1999-2000, he joined the Arizona Diamondbacks organization. He rejoined the Yankees organization in 2001. He became a minor league manager, helming the Bronx Bombers' Florida State League affiliate as well as the Columbus Clippers, the team's Triple-A club in the International League. Jack was fired as manager of the Columbus Clippers in May of 2002. Later he joined the Blue Jays organization, were he has served as a 3B MLB and Bench Coach for the team.
1966- Former Yankees 3B Aaron “Home Run” Boone (2003) was born.
Aaron Boone was the grandson of former MLB player Ray Boone and son of former MLB Catcher/Manager Bob Boone. His brother was All Star 2B Bret Boone. Aaron hit one of the most famous Yankee playoff-HR’s to beat the Red Sox in 2003. He later injured his leg playing basketball during the off-season. The Yankees would release him from his contract. His leg injury led to the A-Rod trade with the Rangers by the Yankees. He had spent the 2009 MLB season on the DL dealing with heart problems, while as a member of the Astros. In February of 2010, Aaron Boone announced his retirement from MLB. He is now working for ESPN, covering the MLB.
1966- Former Yankees All Star Catcher Aaron Robinson (1946-1947) passed away. (1915-1966).
Called up from the Newark Bears (International League), Aaron Robinson appeared in 1 game for the 1943 Yankees. He was 28 years old. He would join the Coast Guard in June of 1943, serving until July of 1945. Aaron appeared in 50 games for the 1945 Yankees, while hitting .281. In 1946, he appeared in 100 games for the Yankees hitting .297 with 19 HRs and 64 RBIs. He made the 1947 All Star team, while hitting .270 for the Yankees. He appeared in 3 games of the 1947 World Series against the Dodgers. With the arrival of a 22-year old Yogi Berra as a catcher in 1947, Aaron became expendable. On February 24,1948, Aaron Robinson was traded by the Yankees to the White Sox for starter Eddie Lopat. He would spend only 1 season with the White Sox, before being traded to the Tigers for P Billy Pierce. He would finish out his MLB playing career in 1951, playing for the Red Sox.
1973- Former Yankees P C. J. Nitkowski (2004) was born.
C.J. Nitkowski was a graduate of St. Johns University, who was drafted in 1994 by the Reds. On July 19,2004, he was signed as a MLB free agent by the Yankees. He appeared in 19 games for the 2004 Yankees, posting a 1-1 record. On October 29, 2004, the Yankees granted him MLB free agency. After leaving the MLB in 2005, he has pitched in Japan and Korea pro baseball leagues. He is now baseball announcer, who works with the Yankees.
1974- Former Yankees P Wayne Franklin (2005) was born.
After appearing in 8 games with the Giants in spring training camp in 2005, Franklin signed a minor league contract with the Yankees on April 4th. Franklin went 2-3 with 1 save in 46 games with a 3.61 ERA with the AAA Columbus Clippers (International League). He appeared in 13 games with the 2005 Yankees going 0-1 with a 6.39 ERA. At the end of 2005 MLB season, Wayne was granted MLB free agency by the Yankees.
1981- Former Yankees P Clay Rapada (2012) was born.
On February 18,2012, reliever Clay Rapada was signed as a MLB free agent by the Yankees. He appeared in 70 games for the 2012 Yankees, while posting a 3-0 record with a 2.82 ERA. On April 5,2013, Clay was released by the Yankees. On April 9, 2013, Clay was resigned as a free agent with the Yankees. On June 4,2013, he was released by the team. He would be picked up by the Indians for the rest of 2013 MLB season.
1996- Former Yankees P Jim Hardin (1971) passed away in an aircraft crash. (1943-1996)
Starter Jim Hardin was recovering from pitching arm injuries, when he joined the Yankees on May 28, 1971. The Yankees had sent former #1 draft pick Pitcher Bill Burbach to the Orioles in the trade. He never was an effective pitcher for the Yankees, like he was with the Orioles during the late 1960’s. Jim would finish his MLB pitching career with the 1972 Braves. He ended his pitching career with a record of 43–32 and a 3.19 ERA in 168 games. Hardin, a pilot, died on March 9, 1991, when his Beech 35-C33A crashed in Key West, Florida. Shortly after taking off from Key West International Airport the propeller of his aircraft failed from fatigue. The aircraft stalled and crashed, while Hardin attempted to return to the airport to make an emergency landing. It was widely reported that, during the plane's descent, Hardin steered the plane away from a baseball field filled with young children. The plane came to rest in a parking lot of the TGI Fridays restaurant, which was under construction at the time. Jim Hardin is 1 of 3 Yankees players to lose their lives in aviation accidents; the other 2 are catcher Thurman Munson (1979) and Pitcher Cory Lidle (2006). His wife and 3 children survived him.
1950- Former Yankees Minor League Pitching Coach Greg Pavlick was born.
Greg Pavlick was a Mets coach on and off for about a decade, from the mid 1980s to the mid 1990s. After 26 seasons in the Mets' organization, Pavlick became the pitching coach for the Yankees AAA team, the Columbus Clippers (International League) in 2001. He was then pitching coach for the Class A Tampa Yankees (FSL) from 2002 to 2010.
1958- Former Yankees Reliever Steve Howe (1991-1996) was born. (1958-2006)
Steve Howe went 12-6 with 31 saves as a Yankees relief pitcher from 1991-1996. His MLB pitching career was plagued with his drug problems that led to several MLB player suspensions. Steve passed away in 2006 from injuries suffered in a truck accident.
[color=#0000FF]1977-[/color] Former Yankees Minor League C Ben Davis was born.
The Yankees signed Catcher Ben Davis as MLB free agent. He played at Scranton (International League) during the 2006-2007 baseball seasons, before becoming a free agent. He was recovering from elbow problems, when he was with the Yankees organization. Later he became a minor league manager.
1985- Former MLB player and Yankees MLB Scout Bob Neiman passed away. (1927-1985)
Outfielder Bob Neiman was MLB player for 12 seasons. He scouted for the Yankees from 1977-1984. Also he was a MLB scout for the Indians, A’s and the Dodgers before joining the Yankees organization in 1977.
1994- Former Yankees P Jim Brenneman (1965) passed away. (1941-1994)
Before the start of the 1961 MLB Season, the Yankees signed Jim Brenneman as an MLB amateur free agent. He appeared in 3 games with the 1965 Yankees with no record.
2005- Former Yankees Reserve 1B/OF Kent Hadley (1960) passed away. (1934-2005)
Kent Hadley was part of the December 1959 player trade that the Yankees received OF Roger Maris from the Kansas City A’s. In 1956, the Tigers had signed Kent, but he never appears with them at the MLB level. He had played college baseball at USC. He was traded to the Kansas City A’s. In 1959, he was the A’s regular 1B hitting .253, hitting 10 HRs and 39 RBIs in 113 games. With the 1960 Yankees, Kent was a reserve 1B for Bill Skowron, appearing only in 55 games, just hitting .203 with 4 HRs and 11 RBIs in 24 games. Also he spent some playing time with Yankees AAA team, the Richmond Virginians (International League). The Yankees had acquired him in the Roger Maris trade, because regular 1B Bill Skowron had broken his arm during the 1959 MLB season. They were not sure how the arm injury would affect him for the 1960 season. Leaving the Yankees organization in the fall of 1960, Hadley played for the 1961 AAA San Diego Padres (Pacific Coast League). Then he went to Japan to play baseball for the 1962 season with the Hankai Hawks (Japanese Pacific League) from 1962-1967. Hadley became the 1st foreigner player to hit a HR in his 1st at-bat in Japan. Kent enjoyed success-playing pro baseball in Japan, becoming one of the 1st American players to hit a 100 career HRs in Japan.
2009- Former Yankees Minor League OF/P Joe Pactwa passed away. (1948-2009)
On June 7,1966, Joe Pactwa was selected by the Yankees in the 18th round of the 1966 MLB amateur player draft. He never appeared with the Yankees at the MLB level. Pactwa hit 25 HRs in the 1970 Eastern League, tying for 4th in the circuit. Remaining at AA for the 1971 season, he hit 20 more HRs for the Charlotte Hornets, 5th in the Southern League. In 1973, Pactwa began pitching in addition to playing the outfield. He hit .378 for the West Haven Yankees. Joe went 12-6 on the mound with a 3.18 ERA. He was part of a 5-way tie for the Eastern League lead in victories. He led the Eastern League in ERA. In 1974, Joe Pactwa was a full-time pitcher for the Syracuse Chiefs (AAA), but he went just 4-9 with a 4.41 ERA. On December 3,1974, Joe was purchased by Tampico (Mexican League) from the Yankees. At the end of the 1975 Mexican League season, Joe received a brief tryout as a pitcher with the Angels. He pitched in 4 games, 3 of them starts, winning 1 game with a 3.86 ERA; however, his K/W ratio was a very poor 3/10 in 16? innings. Joe would return to play in Mexico Leagues from 1976-1982.
1870- Former Yankees OF Herman McFarland (1903) was born. (1870-1935)
Veteran OF Herman McFarland appeared in 103 games for the 1903 Yankees, while hitting .243. He was a MLB player from 1896-1903.
1945- Former Yankees P Dock Ellis (1976-1977) was born. (1945-2008)
On December 11,1975, starter Doc Ellis was traded by the Pirates along with P Ken Brett and rookie 2B Willie Randolph to the Yankees for starter George “Doc” Medich. Dock went 18-9 in 35 games for the Yankees, before being traded to the Oakland A’s in the Mike Torrez trade on April 27, 1977.
1956 - At Al Lang Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, there are no may-be’s about it, as Mickey Mantle hits a Grapefruit League pitch from Cardinals hurler Larry Jackson over the LF wall into the bay. The Yankees top the Cardinals by the score of 4-3. Stan Musial contends, "no HR has ever cleared my head by as much as long as I can remember." Mantle will hit another HR at Al Lang Field on March 20th off of hurler Bob Mave that also lands in the water. He will clock a 500-FT HR shot in Miami, 4 days later against the Dodgers.
1960- AL All Star CF Mickey Mantle of the Yankees signs a 1-year MLB player contract worth $65,000. The new deal is a $7,000 cut in pay for Mantle, who batted .285, 31 HRs and 75 RBIs for the 3rd place 1959 Yankees.
1974- Former Yankees OF/DH Bobby Abreu (2006-2008) was born.
On July 30, 2006, OF Bobby Abreu was traded by the Phillies along with Pitcher Cory Lidle to the Yankees for 3 minor league players: C.J. Henry, Jesus Sanchez, Carlos Monasterios and MLB Pitcher Matt Smith. He had been a NL All Star and Golden Glove winner with the Phillies. Bobby played in 372 games as a Yankees OF/DH, while hitting .295 with 43 HRs and 243 RBIs. After the 2008 season, the Yankees granted him MLB free agency. He would sign with the Angels. He later played for the Dodgers and Mets before retiring. Overall, he played in 2,425 MLB games, while hitting .291 with 288 HRs and 1,363 RBIs. In 1990, the Astros signed Bobby as a MLB amateur free agent, but he never played for them at the MLB Level.
1978- Former Yankees Reserve OF Kevin Reese (2005-2006) was born.
In the 27th round of the 2000 MLB amateur player draft, the Padres selected OF Kevin Reese. On December 18,2001, he was traded by the Padres to the Yankees for INF Bernie Castro. He appeared in 12 games for the Yankees hitting .385, before being released by the team in 2007. When Kevin’s active playing career ended, when he did not fully recover from his shoulder injuries. He rejoined the Yankees organization as a minor league coach. He is now working in the Yankees Player Development Dept.
1980- Former Yankees P Rich Hill (2014) was born.
On July 16, 2014, veteran hurler Rich Hill was signed as a MLB free agent with the Yankees. He appeared in 14 games with the team, posting a 0-0 record with a 1.69 ERA. On October 30, 2014, the Yankees granted him MLB free agency. On February 27, 2015, Hill was signed as a MLB free agent with the Nationals.
1981–Former Yankees,Giants and Cardinals slugger Johnny Mize and Negro League‘s pioneer Rube Foster are voted to the Hall Of Fame by the Special Veterans Committee. Johnny Mize hit a MLB lifetime of .312 BA with 359 HRs during a 15-year MLB playing career with Cardinals, Giants and the Yankees (1949-1953). While Rube Foster served as a pitcher, Manager and Negro League organizer in the 1st quarter of the 20th century.
1990- Former Yankees Reserve INF Ray Shalk (1932) passed away. (1908-1990)
Ray Shalk appeared in 3 games for the 1932 Yankees, while hitting .250. From 1933-1936, Ray played for the Yankees AA team, Newark Bears (International League). Then he played for several other MLB organizations and independent teams as well. He did not return to MLB until 1944-1945 seasons with the White Sox. Later, he became a minor league manager during the 1946-1949 seasons for the Indians and the Dodgers organizations.
2001-The Yankees formally announced the signing of Cuban defector 3B Andy Morales to a 4-year contract. Morales will wash out and be waived from his minor league team by July. The Yankees will try and sidestep his player contract with proof that his listed age of 26 years is really 29.
2002-The Yankees released former OF Ruben Rivera for stealing Derek Jeter's mitt out of his Yankee clubhouse locker, and selling it on the black market for $2,500. There are rumors that Rivera also took other memorabilia items, such as items belonging to Pitcher Roger Clemens, but Clemens denies it. Ruben Rivera had been signed to a 1-year contract for $1 million dollars. He was trying to make the team as extra outfielder.